Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies stands in Solidarity with Dr Kylie Moore- Gilbert

We wish to express our deep concern about the welfare of one of our members, Dr Kylie
Moore-Gilbert, a Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Melbourne who has
been imprisoned in Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran since September 2018.

Reports indicate that Dr Moore-Gilbert has limited access to consular staff and is denied
access to her family. Letters received from Kylie indicate that she is facing extreme isolation
with a significant detriment to her health. We echo the sentiments of the Australian
Association of University Professors in stating that this is completely unacceptable.

Dr Moore-Gilbert graduated with a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2017 and is an
early career researcher of standing in the community of Middle Eastern Studies scholars. Dr
Moore-Gilbert has published in reputable peer reviewed journals with an emphasis upon
Gulf State Politics and is held in the highest esteem by her Islamic and Muslim Studies
colleagues.

As an academic association consisting of many of Australia’s leading Islamic and Muslim
Studies scholars, we stand in solidarity with Dr Moore-Gilbert.

Academic freedom of inquiry is central to high quality scholarship in both the Islamic and
Western traditions. We urge that this be respected and that all efforts, including commitment
to open dialogue, continue to be made to reunite Kylie with her family at the earliest possible
opportunity.